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The greater Phoenix area's sunny climate, vibrant lifestyle and prospering business community attract thousands of visitors, new residents and entrepreneurs annually. The nation’s sixth-largest city, Phoenix continues to grow and remains a desirable destination for travelers and dreamers alike.

If you're looking to relocate, establish a business here or just interested in finding out more about the Valley of the Sun, here is some helpful information:

The Valley in a Nutshell

More than four million people call the Valley of the Sun home, and enjoy its 300 annual days of sunshine, while another 13 million visit Phoenix each year for its outstanding weather, beautiful landscapes and southwestern hospitality. A hub of business activity, the Valley boasts global companies such as Avnet, Republic Services, Freeport McMoran, American Express, American Airlines and many more. Residents enjoy relaxed living and numerous outlets for recreation and entertainment, including some 200 golf courses, pro and college sports teams, concert venues and museums. Please browse our directory for more businesses!

BUSINESS

Arizona is not only a top 10 state for business, but the Valley is the best place in the country for recruitment and attraction of talented workers, according to Expansion Management magazine. The area has also been named one of the “Best U.S. Cities for Jobs” by Forbes, and with an average age of 34, it’s the third-youngest region in the country, making young talent plentiful for any business. Airports like Phoenix Sky Harbor International connect Valley business people to partners the world over, and the area has become an attractor of innovative, high-tech industries such as solar power, biomedicine and aerospace.

HOUSING

The various corners of the Valley offer distinct vibes and perspectives for their residents. Each city offers something different, from the rising steel and glass of Phoenix to stylish Scottsdale and from active, rapidly-growing Glendale to the East Valley communities of Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek that offer a great work-life mix. From historic homes to new community developments, and from apartment communities to active senior neighborhoods, the Greater Phoenix area truly has something for every lifestyle and taste.

SETTLING IN

There’s so much to do when you move – finding a new bank, establishing utilities, getting a new driver’s license. Greater Phoenix offers banks of all sizes, from big names like Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo to community banks that specialize in personal attention. Arizona Public Service (APS) and Salt River Project (SRP) provide electricity to most Arizona homes, while Southwest Gas is the primary natural gas provider. Century Link and Cox Communications offer phone, internet and television service, while water hookups are provided by each city.

EDUCATION

As Arizona’s population continues to grow, the demand for more and better schools to prepare the next generation of citizens and workers grows as well. The Valley is home to many excellent primary and secondary schools (both public and private), including Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest educational institutions.

GETTING AROUND

Moving more than four million people around is no easy task, but Greater Phoenix continues to build and establish new ways to get you from here to there (and back). From expansion of highways to an innovative light rail system, there are more ways than ever to get where you’re going. And getting to and from Phoenix is easy through one of the country’s busiest airports, as Sky Harbor International services some 40 million passengers a year.

HEALTHCARE

The Valley has a healthy complement of some of the best medical facilities anywhere, with world-class health care services and nationally-recognized research programs covering nearly every medical specialty. Hospital networks like Banner Health, John C. Lincoln Hospital Network, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic offer everything from basic care to advanced procedures and specializations.

RETIREMENT

It’s no secret that the Valley is seen as a perfect place to enjoy the rewards of a life well-lived. Retirees stay young and active not only through recreation and volunteering but by starting businesses or taking or teaching classes at local colleges or retirement communities. And, of course, there’s golf, which area seniors can enjoy nearly every day on one of the area’s 200 courses.

ARTS & CULTURE

Greater Phoenix is home to more than 300 unique arts and entertainment venues, spread throughout the Valley and encompassing music, theater, art and much more. First Friday, which takes place – naturally – on the first Friday of each month, is one of the largest art walks in the country, bringing thousands to downtown Phoenix for a cultural celebration. Broadway shows, plays, symphonies and museums stimulate the imagination and entertain the soul.

ATTRACTIONS

The Phoenix area is one of just a baker’s dozen of US metro areas with professional teams in four major sports – football, baseball, basketball and hockey – plus PGA Tour and NASCAR events and more than a month of Spring Training baseball that attract thousands of sports fans and visitors. Those who like their games of chance can find any one of Arizona’s many casinos that offer gaming thrills. And if your sport of choice is finding that great bargain, the Valley is a shopper’s paradise.

RECREATION

Valley residents work hard, but they play hard, too. And with so many choices for recreation, who can blame them? Besides the area’s more than 200 golf courses, thousands of acres of park land and numerous mountains to explore, the ever-present sun and warm climate mean you can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding and exploring most days of the year.

WORSHIP

The constantly-growing and ever-diverse population of the Valley of the Sun fosters a wide variety of faiths and places of worship. Nearly every major religion and denomination is represented in the community, with believers of all faiths able to gather as they choose.

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